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Online Marketing 101


Your business or non-profit needs to be online. And by online, we mean more than just piecing together a beginner’s website. Though that’s a start, I am talking about utilizing the many channels that exist online to bring in new leads, clients and sales for your business. There’s a process to take to make sure you’re harnessing all the opportunities the web offers and this course is designed to get you started. Don’t miss out on incredible growth opportunities, expand your reach and develop relationships with people across physical boundaries.


It’s truly an incredible time we live in and you need to take advantage of the opportunity we have to utilize the power of the internet for good. For growing your business and allowing yourself the time and margin to spend more time with your family, friends and helping your community.

This 10 part course is designed to get you started online. Along the way, our team at THRiVE! is happy to answer any questions you have and help in anyway you need us to. We’ve been in business for over 8 years and have practiced what we preached for our companies, as well as many others. View a couple of our reviews here.

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Should You Start a Business Blog?

Business Blogging Can Grow Your Sales and Influence Online


By Kyle Patterson, President of THRiVE! Media Group, a Google Partner

That's a question I hear a lot. The simple answer is yes. The process though isn't so simple but this article will help you see the benefits of blogging and some ideas to get you started. 

First of all let's start with the basics of what is a blog? 

A blog is best compared to an online educational tool to share your voice and expertise with visitors to your website. Usually connected with a product or service you offer on your website, your blog a revolving area of articles around the value your business can provide potential clients. 

Here's a few things a blog can do for your business: 

1) Share your expertise. By giving away some of your knowledge and expertise you establish yourself as an authority in your field. People will resect and view you as a true expert in your. Sharing your expertise establishes credibility for you with potential clients, helping you grow your business and leads. 

2) Increase visibility for your busines online. On any given search, thousands of results show up in Google. How are you going to differentiate yourself from the thousands of other choices? A blog with detailed information will help potential clients chose you over a competitor. Additionally a blog with quality content and the right keywords will increase the authority of your site, meaning search engines are more likely to serve your page and blog post toward the top of search engine results. 

3) Build Trust. When prospects begin the journey to purchase your offering, they start by doing some research on what you offer. By blogging your likely to show up in search and start a relationship with visitors. 

4) Inbound Marketing. Blogging is one of the top tools for developing inbound marketing funnels for your business. Inbound Marketing is when visitors to your website actually pick up the phone and call you or register for a mailing list or buy right online. Blogging gets this funnel started

5) Promote. Promoting blog posts on social media packed full of good industry information get better click through rates, shares and more. Invest your paid marketing dollars in promoting blog posts that help people. 

These are just a few of the pros of blogging. Have you found blogging helpful for your business? Are you thinking of getting started blogging? We'd love to hear from you



The Need for Website Speed

When Google considers placing your website in the first page of search results one of the factors has to do with the speed at which your website loads. 

According to Neil Patel at Quicksprout, 40% of people will close a website if it takes longer than 3 seconds to load. Yet, the average site takes 8-10 seconds for to load. That could be a problem for your business. 

Think of it like this. You pull up to your favorite store and instead of the automatic door opening, you are waiting outside waiting for the door to open. All so you can spend money at their store. After 10 seconds you may think the store is closed and decide to go next door instead. It's similar on your website. When your site takes too long to load, people get antsy and hit the back button and choose a different search result. And that's if you site even shows up in the search results. So everytime it does, you need to make the most of every opportunity. 

So here's what you can do.

1) Visit Google Page Speed Insights

2) Enter your URL in the tracker. 

3) Take a look at the site suggestions that Google comes back with and begin working to make changes. One of the easy fixes you can make is in regards to images on your website. Optimizing your images for web use is key and making sure they are not taking up too much load time is an easy fix for your site. 

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8 Ways to Improve Your Visibility Online

Your website can be an asset to grow your business. Here's 8 easy fixes to increase your visibility online. 

By Kyle Patterson, President of THRiVE! Media Group, a Google partner

There are at least 8 easy actions you can take to improve your website's visibility online. By focusing on ranking your site in search engines for keywords that are relevant to your business, your site will begin to get noticed and show up in relevant search results, leading to new visitors to your site. Once visitors come to your site you need to have the right offer and a way to capture leads (but that's a post for another day.)

1) Header tags. Utilize header tags in each page of your website to explain to search engines, what your page is about. By doing a little research, you can find relevant keywords for your industry. Once you know what language people are using to search for your competitors you can begin strategizing around ranking for these keywords and inserting the keywords into the  header of each page. 

2) Image tags. Google and other search engines can tell what a picture is by the image tags. They can read the text associated with each image, but not "see" the image itself. So when you are inserting photos into your site, make sure you are tagging them with relevant keywords and phrases that will show up as people search. 

3) Title of your posts. Your page and post title are vital to include your keyword terms into your website. When your updating your site's content or creating a new post, build your keyword strategy into each title. 

4) Blogging. Frequent updates to your website and consistent quality content helps establish you and your website as an authority in your industry and on your topic. Your posts should focus on helping your target audience with real needs. Understanding your buyer persona and target customer helps to focus your content on what they need to know. Add value to readers and don't just promote your products and services. Help your site visitor by providing "how to" content or practical actions your readers can take. This builds trust with your audience and keeps them coming back for more. 

5) URL Names. By building keywords into your blog post titles, pictures, and URLS you help explain to search engines what your website is all about. Utilize the URL name to show your keywords. 

6) Google +. Google's social network allows your page, updates and website to show in search results. By utilizing frequent updates and linking your site to Google+ and Google+ My Business, Google search results will more prominetly display your content and help people discover your business. 

7) Social Shares. Grow your following and increase web visibility by utilizing social share buttons on your website and let your friends and fans promote for you. When you add value and create content that is practical and helpful, more people are likely to share it. 

8) Inbound Links. By building a link strategy with affiliates, customers and partners linking back to valuable content on your website, search engines recognize this as a "thumbs up" for your website. Search engines track the number of inbound links back to your website and this helps your site rank higher (closer to page 1) of search results for related searches. 



Are We There Yet?

To get your business or non-profit where you want to go online, you need a plan, data and goals. 

By Kyle Patterson, President of THRiVE! Media Group. THRiVE! is a Google Partner for Adwords and Analytics and a website developer in Buffalo, NY. 

Embarking on any journey requires a map. You need to know where you are going if you're going to arrive safely and on time. The problem is many people know they need a website and online presence but they don't exactly know where they are going, what they are hoping to accomplish or where they are at currently. 

If you have a website you need to understand where you are before you go any further. Just as a map is no good if you can't locate yourself on it, not knowing where you are at with the effectiveness of your website is just the same. Basing your ideas on assumptions or purely asthetics of the site is not a good idea either. Thankfully there is Google Analytics. Running Analytics on your website will provide you data on what people are doing when they come to your site, how many pages each visitor is looking at, what pages they are leaving your site at and the length of time they are engaging with you. Understanding this data and using it to make informed decisions about your website is incredibly helpful and essential before going further in your site development. 

We recommend running analytics on your site for 30-60 days before making any decisions about what pages to change, add or cut in a site update or complete redesign. Then we can make a plan and goals for the site and implement the necessary changes to improve your site's performance and your business results. As a Google certified partner, we can help. Get started. 



Now What?

Next Steps To Turn Your Website Into An Effective Business Tool

So you spent all that money making your website look great. And that's a good thing. But now what is it doing for your business?

Your website can be an incredibly effective tool for your business. One that actually impacts your bottom line and goes beyond "brand awareness." 

But you have to do it right. And that can be challenging and something the average business owner just doesn't have time for. But they need to, or find someone (like THRiVE!) that has the system and process in place to do it for them. 

Here are a couple of things you can implement immediately to begin seeing results for your business or non-profit bottom line. 

1) Goals. Just like in anything having goals makes a difference. What do you want your website to accomplish? Are you looking to grow your mailing list? Sell things via e-commerce. Showcase your work and get new clients? Video plays. Education? Memberships? 

Set goals for your website and then you can understand if your website is ultimately successful. 

2) Analytics. You need to understand where your visitors are coming from and what they are doing when they get to your site and how often they come back to the site. Google Analytics is a free tool and an excellent place to start. By inserting track code on your site, visitor activity is recorded and sent back to Google Analytics and made available to you for reporting purposes. Running Google analytics is another service my company THRiVE! can provide you with. 

3) Blogging. Don't over think the word blogging. Blogging is simply writing valuable content around what your customers care about. It could be industry trends and news. It could be how to articles on assembling products your carry. The main thing to remember is that you want to make the articles helpful and beneficial to your reader. Don't be overly promotional. Add value. Give the reader what they want and you will in turn get what you want- new business.

I hope this helped you get started with utilizing your website as a business tool and engine rather than a stagnant must have expense for your business. Implementing the right strategy can help your business grow and your website be a channel of income and ROI for your business. 



Are You Mobile Ready?

The rules are changing. Again. Well this time the rules regarding online search traffic for your website is affected and it has to do with whether or not your site is mobile friendly.

Mobile device usage continues to surge and Google has adjusted the way they bring traffic to your website based on whether or not your website is mobile ready.

In their own words, "We’re boosting the ranking of mobile-friendly pages on mobile search results. Now searchers can more easily find high-quality and relevant results where text is readable without tapping or zooming, tap targets are spaced appropriately, and the page avoids unplayable content or horizontal scrolling."

This change specifically affects searches performed on mobile devices on Google. If your site isn't mobile optimized, as of April 2015 you can expect to see a drop in website traffic from mobile devices.

So, here's what you can do. 

Test your site here.

Build your own site here. 

We'll build a custom site for you. 



There's a better way.

There's a better way to generate leads and close sales for your business. And no it doesn't involve a phone, yellow pages and cold calls. That may have worked 20 years ago but times have changed and you need to as well. 1 in 100 calls leading to a business opportunity just isn't good odds and it isn't a good use of your time and energy either.

As a Google Adwords certified partner, I uncover opportunities for small businesses and non-profits to meet demand and search. We get to uncover business opportunities everyday and have the satisfaction of bringing quality leads to businesses that otherwise would be searching the phone book, speaking to gate keepers, leaving voicemails and hoping for a call back. 

One of the features I love to talk with small businesses about is a click-to-call campaign in Google Adwords. Talk about turning the tables on the cold call. With this type of campaign we funnel the existing demand and search for your product or service to your business and you only pay when someone calls you. Yes, that's right, when someone calls you to respond to a specific offer you have placed online. This is a qualified lead, already searching for what you offer. They see your ad served at the right time and they respond. You pick up the phone, walk them through the sales process, take their information, present the offer, close the deal. 

There's a better way. By the way, if you need help getting started collecting leads and sales opportunities, my company THRiVE! would be honored to serve your direct response marketing needs. 



6 Elements of Successful Online Campaigns

Thousands of searches are being done online for your products or services.

Every single day. 

To successfully land this business on your website and convert an interested party into your customer, I recommend 6 elements to your next online campaign: 

1) Research- understand the market for your product or service online and what type of traffic you can anticipate. Knowing this data will help you plan and budget accordingly. 

2) Strategy- what results are you looking for? E-commerce sales through your website? Phone calls to your business? Email list growth? E-book/guide downloads? 

3) Planning- Decide what type of campaign will be best for your product or service. Search campaigns, display network campaigns or social. What's best? You'll know this based on the results you are looking for as well as the type of product or service you offer. 

4) Execution- Step 4 is putting the research, strategy and planning into a fully optimized plan. Included in execution is setting up the necessary tracking codes on your website, conversion optimizing the campaign, automating email responses and setting up e-commerce solutions and shipping options. 

5) Testing/tweaking/tracking- Based on your maximum cost per click and gross margin, you can test and tweak the campaign for best results. Test and tweak your campaign to produce results that increase your profit margin and grow your business. 

6) Reporting- I recommend a full report monthly to understand your traffic patterns, sales online, and where you may be losing customers in the process. Make neccessary changes and repeat.

Don't leave business on the table or to chance. By planning and executing the right campaigns online, you're opening up a whole new opportunity for sales and growth.

Blessings on your journey.




7 Reasons to Consider Google Adwords

You use it every single day.

If you're online, you're going to search for information, products, and services. According to the latest stats, 

Google now processes over 40,000 search queries every second on average, which translates to over 3.5 billion searches per day and 1.2 trillion searches per year worldwide. 

Surprisingly, many businesses and even more non-profits aren't taking advantage of the opportunity it presents to grow your sales, establish a steady stream of income and automate your sales processes.

If your business or non-profit isn't using Google advertising solutions, you need to consider it for a number of reasons. 

1) Your customers and prospects are using search today to find products that you carry. There's already a market for what you offer and their using the internet to research and secure a vendor like you. 

2) Using the Google Keyword planner you can view and forecast how many searches are being done each month for your product or service. 

3) Budgeting appropriately, you can set a bid to direct search traffic to your website and landing page. This traffic is coming to your page looking for what you offer, now that's a warm lead. 

4) When your prospect arrives on your site, your landing page and offer determines if the customer will convert and pay for your service. 

5) Testing your campaign effectiveness and conversions is available through Google analytics and your campaign reports. Tweak and adjust to optimize for sales. 

6) Inserting tracking codes into your site allows a track-able and measurable ROI for your business. You know if you campaign is profitable or not. Leave the guess work of the effectiveness of your advertising at home.

7)  Remarketing allows you to serve ads to prospects that have visited your site but haven't bought from you yet. Serve ads and drive new business back to your site as you track interested parties across the internet and drive them back to your sales page. 



Put Your Business on the Map

Google is the biggest referrer of traffic to small business and non-profit websites in the world. And they have a free tool that you need to be taking advantage of. 

On 3/25, Google launched Let’s Get Our Cities on the Map, a tailor-made program designed to strengthen 30,000 communities across the nation by helping their local businesses get online. The program provides each city with a custom website where local businesses can go for online help. It’s loaded with helpful resources, like a diagnostic tool that shows businesses how they appear on Search and Maps, a step-by-step guide for getting online with Google My Business.

Visit and get your local #smallbiz #OnTheMap. It’s free and takes 10 minutes.



Responsive Design

Responsive web design is no longer a luxury, it's imperative. 

If your business doesn't have a responsive website to reach customers searching for your business and services on every kind of devise, you're leaving money on the table. 

Customers you could be engaging with online are bouncing off your website before it even finishes loading. Check your analytics account. I assure you there not waiting around for your site to load. They're going to a competitor. 

It's no longer about creating a scaled down version of your site. It's about providing an experience that customizes according to your devise. iPhone, Android, iPad, desktop, kindle, etc. Your customers are using them. Are you reaching them? 

Stop leaving money on the table. 



ROI Matters

Every dollar counts. 

As a small business owner or non-profit leader, every dollar you have matters. That's why we're so focused on ROI driven campaigns that track and report on conversions, sales, mailing list signups and business growth. 

And here's the thing: you don't need to be without this kind of information and data when it comes to your advertising/marketing/fundraising. 

Too many times I've seen businesses and non-profits throw their money away hoping that it will bring results. Hoping your marketing works is not a good strategy. Your business deserves better. Your non-profit requires better. You need results and we can help. 

It's time you stopped guessing. It's time to pay for results. Your business deserves better. Every dollar counts. 



Content As Marketing

Content as marketing. It's not a new concept, yet not enough people are taking advantage of the opportunity to connect with an audience looking for their specialty. 

You see, you have a specialty and skill others need and want. But, you need to be discovered. 

Producing tips and tricks of the trade and giving them actually produce results for your bottom line.


Great question. By establishing yourself as a leader in your field and sampling your work and expertise through a blog or video series, people start to listen. People are constantly looking for helpful and useful information. And chances are they will share it with others who in turn may look for the products or solutions you offer. 

Give away just enough to add value, help someone and point them for more information to your business, your bottom line will benefit. 

It's ultimately the principle of sowing and reaping. You plant the seed, it's going to grow. Give it a try and let me know how it goes. BTW, we can help come up with a strategy that integrates with an overall marketing plan. 



Am I Getting Through?


When it comes to creating your marketing story, it can help to have an outside perspective. Your busy doing what you do and that's a good thing. Frankly you're the best at it. You may not realize how remarkable a job you are doing. And that's where we can come in. 

The marketplace is getting noisier and noisier. You need to break through the clutter with a message that connects and resonates with your target audience and leads to new business. 

From an outside perspective THRiVE! can assess the communications strategy of your organization past and present and give you a no-obligation assessment of strengths and weaknesses and a channel recommendation of some avenues you may not have considered. 

Like a doctors prescribing a medicine or a mechanic recommending specific repairs, THRiVE! does the same for your business and then we go to work. We go to work creating content in the form of advertising, web design, social media and more. But that's not enough. 

Good content without an audience is worthless. Not to worry though, we've got that covered for you. Whether you have a mailing list or not, we have the ways and means to target your specific customer. 

Matter of fact we take it one step further with our customer avatar. You may have the right message but if it isn't reaching your target market, lack of results will show.

Our business ultimately is helping your business. Through media development and implementation we tell your story, better. 




What's your story?

What's your story?
You're really good at what you do. But you don't have time to take a step back and see your work the way everyone else does. You're excited about where things are headed, but don't want to be puffed up or arrogant. You want to get the word out but not self promote. 

We can help. 

How are you telling it?

We craft inspiring stories for use in leading publications and media outlets around the world. Our work has been featured in Charisma News, Christian Post, Gospel Herald and more. Proverbs 17:2 says to let another promote you and not yourself, an outsider and not your own lips. On this premise we focus our work on helping ministries grow to the next level and get the attention they need to increase donations and grow their reach. 

Who's listening?
By crafting your story to the target audiences where your ministry can grow, together we get the right message to the right people at the right time. To suppliment our PR efforts we run advertising campaigns as a cloud cover and touchpoint for your organization. 

We'd be honored to help you. Contact us here to get started. 



What do you do?

We started in 2007 helping ministries and non-profits tell a better, more compelling story of their work. Often times non-profits are so engulfed in their work they don't have time to step back and really tell the story of what's been happening. 

The principle we operate on is found in Proverbs 27:2, 

"Let someone else praise you, and not your own mouth; an outsider, and not your own lips."

So, we do just that for ministries and businesses with a cause. We help with PR and news releases to major media, communications, websites, video, advertising through Google Adwords, etc. Really tools in the belt of a non-profit to communicate their message.